Saina Nehwal’s determination to skip the choice trials for the CWG and the Asian Video games might properly be the start of an finish to what has been an illustrious journey in worldwide badminton for greater than a decade and half.
A former world No.1, Saina has been the torch-bearer of ladies’s badminton within the worldwide enviornment, having represented the nation thrice on the Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow (2018), New Delhi (2010) and Melbourne (2006).
Whereas there shouldn’t be an iota of doubt that the Hisar-born shuttler can nonetheless work her magic with some beautiful performances within the skilled circuit however her reluctance to look for BAI trials might properly finish her probabilities of representing the flag at multi-discipline occasions like CWG, Asiad, Olympics and Uber Cup.
A two-time Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, Saina did harbour hopes of defending her title at Birmingham however name it a hasty determination or a miscommunication, the dream is now wanting like a distant one.
On Thursday, an upset Saina took to twitter to slam the Badminton Affiliation of India for not responding to her e-mail, additionally questioning the logic behind internet hosting the trials.
The federation, nonetheless, has maintained radio silence, indicating that the transition section in ladies’s singles has began and the main target any more will probably be solely on the youthful crop of gamers, permitting them to showcase their expertise on the worldwide stage.
“She has achieved loads for the nation however within the final two years, she hasn’t finished something value mentioning. She has additionally not been in a position to type out her harm points,” a former coach informed PTI on situation of anonymity.
“It’s robust to play on the worldwide stage with constant niggles, so she wants to simply accept it and shouldn’t get hyper over these points. Nobody can deny her contribution to the sport however I don’t wish to see her being so bitter about it,” the acclaimed coach stated.
BAI appears to have set the wheels of develop into movement after they known as for the choice trials on April 2 to choose groups for Commonwealth Video games, Thomas and Uber Cup and Asian Video games.
Whereas the highest 15 gamers have been exempted from the trials, the remainder of the highest Indian gamers, together with Tokyo Olympian B Sai Praneeth and three-time CWG medallist Ashwini Ponnappa, who’re ranked from 16 to 50, agreed to take part within the trials which started right here on Friday.
However Saina, who’s at present ranked twenty third, pulled out as she didn’t need her physique to undergo the rigours since she had simply returned after taking part in three-back-to-back occasions in Europe and Asian Championships is ready to start on April 26.
Saina’s causes are legitimate as she hasn’t been in the most effective bodily form of late. Recurring accidents performed its half in delaying her return to peak health and it confirmed within the outcomes as she made early exits from a collection of tournaments.
The 32-year-old did present indicators of her previous self throughout her slender three-game loss to Japan’s world no 2 Akane Yamaguchi within the opening spherical of All England Championships.
Saina remains to be discovering her approach again and doesn’t wish to undergo the rigours of taking part in 6-7 matches within the trials.
However it’s understood that BAI doesn’t wish to make any concession for the London Video games bronze medallist and made it clear that participation within the trials is a should to be chosen for the big-ticket group occasions.
“She might have taken it as simply one other week-long event and performed. I perceive two-week time isn’t superb however the place is the window in a crammed schedule?,” the previous coach stated.
“It’s a new administration and I don’t assume they’re being unfair by internet hosting the trials,” he added.
Saina’s determination to play India Open in January with out reaching full health additionally backfired as she suffered a straight-game loss to fast-rising Malvika Bansod.
This alongside along with her latest poor present raised doubts on her potential of guaranteeing a medal on the multi-discipline video games.
On the opposite, BAI, additionally, is eagar to blood within the subsequent era of gamers — the Malvika Bansods, Akarshi Kashyaps and Tasnim Mirs, who’re ready within the wings and are all nearly in the identical stage.
“With COVID-19 disrupting the home and worldwide circuit, a range trials was the one method to discover out the place the gamers stand by way of rankings,” reasoned a BAI official.
Whereas Saina won’t stroll on to the court docket in group championships anymore, however her journey in worldwide badminton is way from over.
“Make no errors, she will nonetheless be a formidable participant. Now she ought to consider the open occasions, and if she is ache free, she will nonetheless play properly,” the previous coach added.
“She had a good efficiency within the first spherical of the All England championship towards Akane and it exhibits that she nonetheless has the starvation in her.”